The Eighth Ibero-American Film Festival in Tuškanac

Author: Tajana Skuric

The eight festival of Ibero-American films opens today in Tuškanac cinema and it will last till November 14th. This event would not be possible without cooperation with the Embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Portugal and Spain.
The festival was opened with „Estranho caso de Angélica“, a film directed by Manoel de Oliveira, the world’s most prominent Portuguese director.  Two hours later, the audience saw a biographical movie, “Aristides de Sousa Mendes, O Cônsul de Bordéus“ about a Portuguese consul who saved many lives during WWII.
The Argentine cinema is represented by “Leonera“, a movie by yet another prominent film director, Pablo Denim. An interesting fact is that the movie was filmed in a real prison in Buenos Aires, and some prisoners and prison officers starred as extras.  The second South American film is “Corazón de león“, a warm romantic comedy by Marcos Carnevalea.
A young Chilean director, Ignacio Rodriguez brings us “La chupilca del Diablo”, a story of an old owner of an illegal distillery and his granddaughter, a side-kick, who becomes his last hope for reconciliation with his family and the world.

It is followed by “Raíz“, a first feature film by Matias Rojas Valencia which he produced, wrote, directed and edited.
Spain also is represented by two films – “15 años y un día“ by  Gracia Querejeta, and „Stockholm“ by Rodrigo Sorogoyena. Both movies won several prestigious awards.

The colors and music of Brazil will be revived by a romantic drama, “Bossa Nova” (dir. Bruno Barreto) starring Amy Irving. The festival ends with ”Blindness” (dir. Fernando Meirelles), a fantastic existential drama with elements of thriller and horror genre, starring Mark Ruffalo and Julianne Moore.
All films have English and Croatian subtitles.
Tickets are 10 HRK, free for members.

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